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MEMOIR

Shawna Kay Rodenberg is a 10th-generation Appalachian from eastern Kentucky.  In the 1970s, her parents became deeply involved in a wilderness community in northern Minnesota, where her family lived for seven years.  With a singular voice and clear-eyed intensity, her coming-of-age memoir-in-progress explores this time as well as the isolation and difficulties her family faced upon their return home to the insular mountains of Kentucky.  The book is still in the early stages, but some recurrent themes are already visible: the astounding cost of both belief and disbelief in America, the vulnerability of the working poor, and the magic two-sided antidote to all of the above—learning to abandon fear and embrace the self and the greater world.